Austin HTF Poker Thread

Discussion in 'Home Theater Forum Meets' started by Nils Luehrmann, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. Scott Oliver

    Scott Oliver Screenwriter

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    Damn my cell phone, it's battery was acting up on me all weekend, thus it was out of action and I got none of the messages left over the weekend, in particular the one about this game. Scott to phone, "Bastard!"

    Hey Nils what was that website with all the digital photography info?
     
  2. Nils Luehrmann

    Nils Luehrmann Producer

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    Scott - Not to worry, you must have been there last night in spirit as there were plenty of "You BASTARD!" moments. [​IMG]
     
  3. Jonathan DA

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    I gotta put in my vote for the single denomination style, it just seemed more like "real" poker to me. Of course, it's "the principle of the thing," right Jeff? [​IMG]
     
  4. Mark Hayenga

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    Mitch's college group plays the single denom, 50 chips buy-in game. They do it tournament-style starting at 1/2 and doubling every hour. Game usually wraps up right around 4-5 hours, it's a good system.
     
  5. Jeff Meininger

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    That was a fun game.

    To be honest, I didn't like the idea of single-denom play until the game got started. I was a skeptic, but I have to say that I've seen the light. Not only was it easier using a single denom, it was more fun. You got the opportunity to play some "big stacks" of chips, rather than just tossing in one or two different colors. It's more impressive that way. It was also more fun to watch the single-denom chips migrate around the table. It was easier to tell who was "big stack" at any given point in the game. You really feel like a king when you can build a castle out of your chips, too, don't you Nils?

    Edit: Also, having single-denom chips makes it much easier to look at your pile and get a good handle on just what percentage of your chips you're about to push in, and what you'll be left with when you lose.

    I'm sure I'd feel the same way even if I hadn't had such a good night. It is the principle of the thing.
     
  6. Hank Frankenberg

    Hank Frankenberg Cinematographer

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    Good game, and yes, Tubes, you were there in spirit. I would prefer at least two denominations, as that's more like real poker to me. Let's try two next time.

    Nils, you wre going to contact a guy that you said had built some poker tables, to ask him if he would share his plans. Have you talked to him?
     
  7. Jeff Meininger

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    Sometime very soon, I might be making an el-cheapo poker table top as I described last night. I'll be sure to let you know how it turns out.

    I'm just going to go straight to the Hancock Fabrics deep-discount shelf and apply something cheap to some masonite or foam insulation board. No frills. I'm sure you guys will want to use higher quality fabric and materials, etc, but at least I can help beta-test the concept of a DIY dinner-table-topper.

    Nils: "You've got mail!"
     
  8. Scott Oliver

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    Well for my birthday I think I am going to order myself some poker chips. Would like to get an oak case but all the no reserve auctions, where I can get a better deal, have aluminum cases only. But it is a new chip style called Radiant by Ace High Supply - Level Six that is pretty sharp looking. No pink exactly but the red chips have some pink. I am either going to get 500 or 650 chips and do two colors only. Red and blue most likely with a 4:1 ratio of reds to blues. What do you think my second color should be, blue, green, or black?
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  9. Nils Luehrmann

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    What's a chip set without black?

    Blacks go well with any color and besides, if you didn't have black then Doc might go ballistic as it would ruin his growing collection of single black chips from each of our sets. [​IMG]
     
  10. Hank Frankenberg

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    Tubes, the only ones of those I like are the black and the white.
     
  11. Scott Oliver

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    Hank, are the other colors too liberal for you?[​IMG]
     
  12. Hank Frankenberg

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    Tubes, they are a bit on the sissy-pastel side[​IMG]
     
  13. Scott Oliver

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    Yeah I realize Bond, Indy, or Bogey probably wouldn't own these chips, but they certainly can catch your eye.

    Also look at these James Bond Casino de Isthmus chips, maybe Bond would use "girlie" chips?
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    Long live the pink chip!
     
  14. Nils Luehrmann

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    Ok, save the trash talkin' for the poker games! [​IMG]

    In fact, let’s make it an official invitation!:

    What?: Poker Night!
    When?: Saturday, Sep. 25, 8pm
    Where?: 'The Dawg Pound' (aka Luehrmann Plaza)

    We can even have a full 10 player table as there is plenty of room if we use one or both leaves. I'll try and make a quick padded felt cover for the table. If nothing else we can just use a table cloth.

    I am also planning on using two denominations this time around = 25x$1 + 5x$5

    I'd like to try and get an early head count so that if there are some extra seats I can offer them to non-HTers - wives/SOs are welcome to join.
     
  15. Scott Oliver

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    I'm in, Nils!

    Add on:
    Woo Hoo! I won an auction!
    650 *Radiant* 11.5g chip set with aluminum case, dice, cards, and dealer button.

    I will be getting my set with 500 reds, 100 blues, and 50 blacks. Nils talked me into going with three colors, and the above amounts allow me to convert them to equal amounts for each color with the right ratio.
    500 x 1 = 500
    100 x 5 = 500
    50 x 10 = 500

    I got them for $92 plus shipping and handling to total $116.95.
     
  16. Nils Luehrmann

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    Congrats on the new chips Scott. So when do you plan on breaking them in? [​IMG]


    I did, but only briefly. From the short conversation it sounds like he won’t have access to the tables any time soon. He went into a partnership with another player to create a poker club several years ago and after the club shutdown last year his partner ran off with the tables! My friend filed a law suit against his former partner, but this could take several more months to get resolved.

    I am hoping to work out a good time to sit down with him and go over his design so that I can make a table that is similar to his.

    In the mean time, it looks like I'm going to order a thin neoprene rubber mat for my table and then use some of that mighty 3M Super 77 to attach a high quality felt or velour fabric to one side for the playing surface.

    This way I can simply roll it up when not in use for easy storage, and not have to worry about it laying flat because the weight of the rubber will be substantial enough to stay flat even after being rolled up for long periods of time.

    If any one has suggestions/recommendations for suppliers/manufacturers of thin neoprene rubber and suppliers of high quality felt/velour - please let me know.

    So far I've been recommended Matts Inc. out of Houston as a supplier of rubber matts, but they want $40 a yard for a 1/4" thick 48" wide matt - which seemed a little pricey.

    Doc also suggested I check out Sy Fabrics as a possible online source for the felt/velour, and for a local supplier he thought Joanne's Fabrics might have what I'm looking for.

    Any other suggestions/recommendations?

    Thanks!
     
  17. Nils Luehrmann

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    OK, here is what I have so far for Saturday night's game (only the confirmed have a guarenteed seat):

    CONFIRMED
    Nils 'Big Dawg' Luehrmann
    Scott 'Tubes' Oliver
    Jonathan 'Doc' Atkins
    David 'Picasso' Gorton
    Hank 'Bogie' Frankenberg
    Jeff 'Captain' Blair
    Robert 'Z' Lopez
    Conrad 'Colton' Meub
    David '?' Hoffman

    MIGHT
    Linda 'Blondie' Luehrmann
    Scott 'Wolf' Stephens
    Stephen 'Red' Mulva

    REGRETS
    Josh 'No Foolin' Borders
    Greg 'Muligan' Risley
    Rich 'Gold Tooph'
    Mark 'The Kid' Hayenga
    Mitch 'Jr.' Hayenga
    Chad 'Councilor' Anson
    Colin 'Piano Man' Dunn
    Jeff 'Man-with-ever-changing-poker-moniker' Meininger
    Steve 'Cosell' Stogel
     
  18. Scott Oliver

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    Saw Gold Tooph last night at Mother Egan's and he told me that he already had something planned for that night, thus would be unable to attend.
     
  19. Jeff Blair

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    I should be able to make it. Just send me the directions on how to get out there. I just hope I do better then I did last time. [​IMG] See y'all there.
     
  20. Hank Frankenberg

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    Big Dog, move Colton from "Unknown" to "Maybe".
    Will Girlie Man bring his new pink chips?[​IMG]
     

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